2014 Asheville MUni Round-Up: September 12 – 14, 2014

The 8th annual Asheville, NC mountain unicycle gathering


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THANKS TO ALL

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To everyone who traveled to the 2012 Asheville MUni Round-Up:

A special thank you. I for one had a really great time. I want to give a shout out to everyone who made the trip and I hope your return trip was uneventful. I think these gatherings really keep me invested in the sport and excited about the possibilities for the future. Please send your photo and video links from the weekend so I can post and archive on this blog. Stay in touch and subscribe to this blog – it’ll continue to be the site for next year’s Asheville gathering sometime in September ’13. We’re committed to doing it for a seventh year.

Please take a few minutes to respond to the following questions while the weekend is still fresh in your head!

 

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Sunday Ride at DuPont State Forest

The Sunday ride will be at DuPont State Forest near Brevard.
The Asheville crew will meet at 8:00AM Sunday morning at McDonald’s on route 191 just west of I-26.
All others should meet at DuPont State Forest. We will shoot for a ride departure at 9:15 from the Corn Mills Shoals parking area.

From Asheville/Brevard

Take I 40 to exit 46A for I 26 East towards Hendersonville. Take I 26 east to Exit 40. Turn right off Exit 40 onto NC 280. Take NC 280 south 16 miles to US 64 (at the BI LO in Brevard/Pisgah Forest). Turn left onto US 64 and go 3.7 miles to the stop light. Turn right onto Crab Creek Rd and go 4.3 miles to DuPont Road. Turn right onto DuPont Rd and go 4.2 miles. Note that DuPont Rd becomes Staton Road.

 

Go past the Hooker Falls and High Falls Access Areas to a left at the end of Staton Road on Cascade Lakes Road. The Corn Mills Shoals Access Area is 0.8 miles on the right.


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Coverage in the Asheville Citizen-Times

Here’s a little press today from the local Asheville paper from the outdoor writers blog.

Want to try something a little different this weekend? Head out to the Asheville Muni Roundup.

 

This is the 6th annual gathering of the not-so-underground-but-still-very-selective group of folks who ride mountain unicycles, aka “Munis.”

 

The Asheville Muni Roundup is an informal, no-charge event that runs Friday through Sunday on mountain biking trails around the Asheville area, said organizer Jack Igelman.

 

“The past couple of years we held it in the Pisgah National Forest and charged people for the permit, for T-shirt, food, but it got expensive, so this year we’re not charging. We’re expecting 20-25 riders from around the Southeast. It is a small, niche sport.”

 

In its heyday, municycling attracted a large gathering in Moab, Utah of up to 250 riders, but now gatherings are small, regional and more informal, Igelman said. There are muni gatherings in New York City this weekend, Vermont, and California.

 

Igelman said he will host a cookout/muni ride at his West Asheville home Friday night, then on Saturday there will be trail rides starting at 9 a.m., and on Sunday, there will be an “epic” muni ride.

 

For all the details, check out Jack’s blog at https://ashevillemountainunicycle.wordpress.com/ and don’t forget your helmet!


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Last Minute notes

If anyone has problems with directions, logistics, lodging, etc… please contact Jack on my cell phone (828)-216-0888.
Again, all are welcome at the cookout on Friday or we’ll see you at the first ride Saturday morning. For the cookout bring your meat and beverage. Feel free also to bring a side to share and I’ll have a bit of side stuff too. Oh yeah, bring your unis. We have a great place to ride directly across from my house at the school lot. Tee shirts are in and look awesome!
And last, pray to the higher power of your choice for sunshine. Link here for the forecast. We ride rain or shine!


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MUni Round-Up Itinerary

Thanks for the great response to the event. Look forward to seeing all on Friday. If you plan to arrive early on Friday please e-mail me and I’ll recommend a ride for you.

FRIDAY (9/28) 6:00PM – Trials and cookout at Vance Elementary School (95 Clinton Avenue) in Asheville. Bring your unicycles to the cookout. Bring your own meat and beverage. We’ll provide the sides. All are welcome.

  • Directions: From I-26/I-240 exit on Haywood Road (West Asheville). Go west. Follow Haywood Road for roughly one mile and turn left on Clinton Avenue, just beyond The West Asheville library and fire station. Go three blocks to 95 Clinton and park in the school parking lot on the left side of the street.

SATURDAY:

SATURDAY (9/29) 9:00AM –Lake Powhatan Parking Area, Bent Creek Experimental Forest (a unit of the Pisgah National Forest).

  • There is a $2 per person/day fee (those camping at Lake Powhatan are free).  The first ride will leave at 9:30 sharp. We’ll do a five – seven mile loop with options for shorter/longer loops. We’ll provide a photo copy of the map. The morning ride is easy to moderate with some technical sections: roots, log bridges, etc…
  • Ride details: Deerfield Loop (#335) to Explorer Loop (#337) to Sidehill (#137A) via Bent Creek Road. Return on Campground Connector (#329).
  • Directions to Lake Powhatan Parking Area/Campground from Interstate 26:
  • Take exit #33 (Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP)/191)
  • Go west towards the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • In 2.0 miles (approx.) – Turn right towards Lake Powhatan on Bent Creek Ranch Road.
  • At 2.3 miles (approx.) – Stay left to Lake Powhatan on Wesley Branch Road.
  • At 4.3 miles (approx.) – Fork left to Lake Powhatan Campground. Pay user fee at kiosk and continue straight to the parking area at mile 5.1 (approx.).

SATURDAY (9/29) Noon – We’ll meet back at the Lake Powhatan parking area for trials and a picnic lunch. Lunch is not provided so pack your lunch. Several restaurants are a ten minute drive from the parking area if you choose.

SATURDAY (9/29) 2:30 PM – Re-gather at the Lake Powhatan Parking Area. We will carpool to the Trace Ridge Trailhead roughly 30 minutes from the parking area. Trace Ridge is a technical downhill roughly three miles long. It is possible to ride a loop by ascending a fire road and trail or run a shuttle from the bottom of the trail.

SATURDAY (9/29) 7:00 PM – We’ll meet for Pizza and Beverages at Standard Pizza at 631 Haywood Road. Take I-26/I-240 towards Asheville. Exit on Haywood Road. Take two left turns and follow Haywood Road roughly 1.2 mile. Standard Pizza is on the right.

SUNDAY:

SUNDAY (9/30) 7:00 AM  – Meet at 95 Clinton to carpool to an epic ride. POSTING SOON. An easy ride version will also be available.